After six games yesterday, not one team was able to secure their spot in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Both FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy have the chance to clinch today, but they must pick up at least a point to do so. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will also be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.

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Houston Dynamo @ FC Dallas
Game Analysis
FC Dallas will now need a win to keep up with Sporting KC who picked up an impressive away win in Portland yesterday. FC Dallas have lost two in a row, but are the favorites at home against Houston on Sunday. Dan Kennedy is still questionable with that same knee injury that has hindered him for weeks now. As for Houston, they need a win to catch up with San Jose and Portland for the final playoff spot out West. They have won their last two must win games and will be a full strength on Sunday. FC Dallas are the second best team in the league at home and should be able to win this game.
Line: FC Dallas (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch
* Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo ($8,500)
* Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo ($8,500)
* Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas ($9,000)
* Jesse Gonzalez, FC Dallas ($5,200)


Real Salt Lake @ Colorado Rapids
Game Analysis
Two of the worst teams in Major League Soccer face off on Sunday in a very meaningless match in the grand scheme of things. Every player will want to prove themselves for next season, but neither team have a chance to salvage anything from this season. Colorado are favorites at home, but have injuries to Kevin Doyle, Axel Sjoberg, and Michael Harrington that may hurt their chances. As for Real Salt Lake, their leader and key to their offensive attack, Javier Morales, is questionable with a hip injury but is expected to play. If Morales is out of this match, I don’t see RSL having much of a chance away from home.
Line: Colorado Rapids (-1) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -110)

Players to Watch
* Juan Manuel Martinez, Real Salt Lake ($6,000)
* Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake ($9,800)
* Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids ($5,600)
* Vicente Sanchez, Colorado Rapids ($7,200)


LA Galaxy @ Seattle Sounders
Game Analysis
If the LA Galaxy can pick up a point away from home against the Sounders, they will clinch a playoff spot out West. That is easier said than done with Seattle being one of the best teams at home. The Galaxy will be at full strength with their normal attack featuring Robbie Keane, Giovani Dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes, and Sebastian Lletget. As for Seattle, they will be without two of their key defenders after Chad Marshall was taken to the hospital midweek with a head injury he sustained in training. Oniel Fisher is also questionable with an injury, but should be able to play on Sunday. This should be a very good game, but expect the Galaxy attack to take advantage of Ramon Torres and Chad Marshall missing in that Sounders defense.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: -140, u: +115)

Players to Watch
* Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders ($10,300)
* Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders ($10,800)
* Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy ($11,500)
* Giovani Dos Santos, LA Galaxy ($10,000)